5 Famous Health Experts Who Endorse e-Cigarettes

Today, we recognise five influential scientists who are on the righteous side of the e-cigarette debate.

These respected experts have the scientific and medical credentials to back up their support of electronic cigarettes – and they refuse to be swayed by anti-vaping ideology or corruption, writes GenEcigs Alisha Young.

As vapers, we owe our gratitude to these five electronic cigarette researchers and advocates. Especially considering that many scientists who publish research indicating that e-cigarettes are safe and effective quit-smoking tools, do so at the risk of their own careers. As James Dunworth explains on the Ashtray blog, “Pharmaceutical companies (which produce competing nicotine cessation aids) and other anti-ecigarette organisations control much of the funding for research. And when scientists speak out about the potential of electronic cigarettes, they risk losing out on future research opportunities.”

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Dr. Murray Laugesen (MBChB), Director at Health NZ Ltd

Registered as a medical practitioner since the 1960s, Dr Murray Laugesen is New Zealand’s most respected tobacco policy and health researcher. After 18 years of service in the New Zealand public health sector, Dr Laugesen was awarded a medal of recognition by the World Health Organisation for his contribution to the concept of tobacco-free societies.

Dr Laugesen currently acts as the director of Health New Zealand Ltd, where he works to advance New Zealand’s health goal of becoming a smoke-free nation by 2025. Having conducted extensive laboratory tests on the safety and efficacy of electronic cigarettes as smoking cessation aids, he is optimistic about the role they could play in achieving this goal.

Quotes on Electronic Cigarettes:

“Inhaling mist from the e-cigarette is rated several orders of magnitude (100 to 1000 times) less dangerous than smoking tobacco cigarettes.”

“… nicotine is one of the safest of drugs, and is being sold as the alternative to the most dangerous consumer product – the tobacco cigarette. Low risk compared to cigarettes is the real world risk that smokers face.”

“E-cigarettes are caught in a two-box regulatory trap. Nicotine products are in law usually either tobacco products or medicines. From a smoker’s viewpoint, however, it belongs in a third box, as a lifestyle choice or cigarette alternative. Big Tobacco controls Box no. 1, Big Pharma and the white coat health professional prescribers and dispensers control Box no. 2, while many smokers addicted to nicotine, the ones most likely to be sitting on death row, are powerless. They would like to buy from Box no. 3, but it is empty.”

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Dr. Michael Siegel, Professor at Boston University School of Public Health

With a career in tobacco control and research spanning over 25 years, Dr Michael Siegel is a vocal supporter of electronic cigarettes as tools for tobacco harm reduction. Prior to becoming vaping advocate, he contributed to significant advances in United States policy reform on tobacco advertising and smoke-free workplaces.

In addition to teaching at Boston University’s School of Public Health, Professor Siegel writes about the latest developments in smoking related research and policy at his blog. He claims that the tobacco control movement regularly misleads the public with junk science or outright false claims about the “dangers” of vaping.

Quotes on Electronic Cigarettes:

“This is an important effort that could result in saving countless lives. I find it interesting and quite informative that while anti-smoking groups are promoting nicotine replacement therapy via pharmaceutical products – which have dismal efficacy – they are seeking a ban on nicotine replacement therapy via e-cigarettes, which appear to actually be reasonably effective.”

“The anti-smoking movement’s ideology – which is guided by an abstinence-only type of philosophy – just doesn’t have room for a product [the e-cigarette] that looks and acts like a cigarette but happens to be orders of magnitude safer. In this case, the science – the health effects – just don’t matter. The ideology is too deeply ingrained to allow the product to be given a chance of saving lives.”

“[The electronic cigarette] is substantially safer than the conventional cigarette. Inhaling nicotine cannot be nearly as dangerous as inhaling nicotine plus thousands of other chemicals, including more than 40 carcinogens. It doesn’t take long-term studies to make that determination … determining that a tobacco-free nicotine delivering product is safer than a product that delivers nicotine with thousands of tobacco smoke constituents is a fact of basic science, and anyone who challenges such a notion would probably benefit from a remedial course in basic sciences.”

Dr. Michael Siegel on Why Electronic Cigarettes Work

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Dr. Riccardo Polosa (MD, PhD), Professor at Italy’s University of Catania

One of Europe’s foremost experts on tobacco addiction, Dr Riccardo Polosa lead the world’s first randomised controlled trials on electronic cigarettes as smoking cessation devices. The results of the trials deeply impressed Dr Polosa, as they proved both safe and highly effective as quit aids – even on trial subjects who were unwilling to quit smoking!

Professor Polosa leads the University of Catania’s Centre for Tobacco Research, where he frequently publishes academic papers on aspects of nicotine addiction, tobacco harm reduction, and the impact of smoking on respiratory health. He also promotes the use of e-cigarettes as a low risk smoking alternative in his capacity as a director of the Italian Anti-Smoking League.

Quotes on Electronic Cigarettes:

“Clearly, the rapidly expanding popularity of e-cigs represents a threat to the interests of many, including national governments – because of the fat revenues generated by tobacco excise taxes. Only if these obstacles can be overcome, a truly sensible and rational regulation of e-cigs will be agreed upon, and millions of lives saved.”

“The status quo in smoking cessation presents smokers with just two unpleasant alternatives: quit or die. But, there is a third choice for smokers: switching to the e-cig. The use of e-cig allows smokers to introduce nicotine from a much safer source than a lit cigarette and to keep the gestures associated with smoking.”

“Working in the area of nicotine dependence for many years has convinced me that we, as health professionals, should also take care of the smokers who are unable or unwilling to quit. To this end, the e-cig is an opportunity not to be missed.”

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Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos (MD), Researcher at Greece’s Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center

From a distinguished medical background as a practicing cardiologist, Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos has been actively studying the impact of tobacco smoking on cardiac health since 2010. From 2011, he lead some of the world’s first clinical and laboratory trials on the use, safety and harm reduction potential of electronic cigarettes.

In 2013, Dr Konstantinos Farsalinos conducted a ground-breaking global survey of over 19,000 electronic cigarette users. The results indicated that switching from smoking to vaping had “significant health benefits”. He founded the website E-Cigarette Research Advocates Group to keep the public informed the survey outcomes, plus other important developments in electronic cigarette research and legislation.

Quotes on Electronic Cigarettes:

“I believe most of the people expressing negative opinion about e-cigarettes don’t really have any deep knowledge about the products. If you’re expressing your opinion about e-cigarettes in public you should know what you’re talking about, because the things we say as scientists influence a lot of people.”

“I know a lot of smokers who were put off right at the point of trying an e-cigarette. Even worse, I’ve seen a lot of vapers go back to smoking after hearing scientists discuss the potential hazards of e-cigarettes – the problem is that they often forget to mention the dangers of smoking.”

“Most authorities simply do not like the name e-cigarettes. And they do not like that they have nicotine, they mimic smoking and they provide pleasure to the user. However, these are the main reasons for their success, and these features are not present in any other medicinal smoking-cessation product. That is why every other product has failed…”


Dr. Jean-François Etter (PhD, MPH), Professor at University of Geneva

With an academic background in public health, political sciences and epidemiology, Dr Jean-François Etter has worked in the field of smoking addiction and treatment for nearly two decades, and has written over 120 peer-reviewed papers on the physical, psychological and social impacts of tobacco use. His extensive research on electronic cigarettes has made him a firm advocate of vaping.

In 2013, Professor Etter published The Electronic Cigarette: An Alternative to Tobacco?, a short book summarising his e-cigarette research findings in easy-to-understand language. The same year, he presented alongside other public health professionals at The E-Cigarette Summit in London, which was the world’s first large-scale gathering for the discussion and debate of electronic cigarette science, safety and regulation.

Quotes on Electronic Cigarettes:

“This is one of the very first studies of vapers with 12 months follow-up. We found that very few ex-smokers relapsed to smoking, and that many smokers (i.e. dual users) either reduced or quit smoking after 12 months.”

“Even if there are long-term vapers, this is not a problem, as long as they quit smoking. The problem is combusted tobacco, not nicotine. At the dosage used by vapers or users of nicotine gums or patches, nicotine is not toxic. Long term vaping is not a public health problem; not any more than long term use of nicotine gums.”

“Our data (and other studies) suggest that e-cigs are not very addictive, much less addictive than tobacco cigs. The conventional definition of addiction has two components (compulsive use in spite of harm). Because e-cigs do not cause harm, it is more appropriate to talk about compulsive use rather than of addiction in the case of e-cigs.”


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